Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

University of Pennsylvania

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Family Fun Activities

Family Activities

There are a lot of fun things to do at Morris Arboretum for adults, kids and families. Check out some of our Family Fun Activities that are geared towards kids during their visit and engage the whole family. Download and print the activity PDFs and bring them with you the next time you come to visit Morris Arboretum, or Go Green, View it on Screen! Click here for Special Events.


Arboretum Adventure

Hop, squirm, buzz, flap, and scamper your way around the Arboretum with animal guides. Learn how plants and animals support one another along the way! Completing all five activities will take you on an approximate 1.0 mile walk around the Arboretum. Most sites can be seen from the stroller and wheelchair accessible paths, but one animal leads to a grassy and hilly area.

Start your adventure

Arboretum Adventure

Tree Adventure & Out on a Limb
Generously supported by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation.


Get a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above ground level. Or scamper down onto the Squirrel Scramble, a huge hammock-like net where you can look down to the ground far below through the rope netting. Enter a Bird’s Nest and sit on giant robin’s eggs, just waiting to hatch. It’s all part of Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit, connecting us to the natural world, and themed to teach us that we need trees and trees need us.

Designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, the exhibit is a fully accessible, fascinating learning experience for both children and adults. Learn more about the green elements of the design here.

Host your next party at Out on a Limb! Learn more.


Your Guide to Tree Adventure

In 2019, Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit celebrated its 10th anniversary. This fall, new, exciting activities have been added to enhance this interactive experience for visitors of all ages. A new listening station has been added to Out on a Limb to enable visitors to “hear” the sounds of nature from the tree canopy, and new interpretative panels have been installed throughout the garden. There is also a new temperature station at the Springhouse showing how trees “cool” the environment with larger, easier to see temperature readouts.

Download the activity guide!

Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit is supported by the Korman Family Foundation.

Your Guide to Tree Adventure

  • Tree Scientist
  • Tree Adventure
  • Kids Sculpture
  • Kids Wetlands
  • Growing Minds
  • Family Events

Family Activity Cards & Tours

Tree Scientist

Family Fun Cards: Be a Tree Explorer & Scientist

Learn how to become a Tree Scientist by making your own field book! Download the PDF activity card


Kids Sculpture

Kids Sculpture Tour (self-guided)

Activities and ideas to engage young visitors to think and interact creatively with the sculptures at Morris Arboretum. Download the PDF activity card


Wetlands Tour

Kids Wetlands Tour (self-guided)

Learn about what wetlands are and why they are important. This guide will teach you the history of the wetlands at Morris Arboretum and help you search for native plants. Identify wetland vegetation and local and migratory animals as you explore the area. Download the PDF activity card


Events for Kids & Families

Special events are scheduled all the time, check the calendar to see what we have upcoming. Learn more


Growing Minds Family Programs

Growing Minds classes inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. They offer children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nature, through a wide variety of creative and educational programs. Take a look and sign up for these programs that are certain to be enriching, fun, and memorable! Learn more


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